Eating Out in London truly is a foodie heaven, but it has had a reputation in the past for it’s cuisine being over-priced and tasteless, but I’m here to tell you that if you’re into food, then London is the place to be! From delightful cheap eats right through the culinary spectrum to Michelin starred restaurants, there’s always a new place to try – I’ve been here nearly 6 years and there’s still so many places I want to try!
Eating out in London is one of my favorite pass times, so here is an overview of the best places to eat across the city.
The Harwood Arms, Fulham – The only gastropub in London with a coveted Michelin star, The Harwood Arms does pub food to die for! Also a great selection of beers and ciders in a relaxed and comfortable setting – perfect for a Sunday catch up with friends.
Princess Victoria, Shepherds Bush – This pub won ‘gastropub of the year’ in 2009, so you know it’s good. The building is stunning too, so a great place if you’re out to impress!
The Bolingbroke, Clapham – With an open fire and vintage chic feel, this is where all the yummy mummies hang out with their families on a Sunday afternoon. Great food and an even better wine list!
Anglesea Arms, Hammersmith – It might look a little rough around the egdes, but don’t let that fool you, this please is serving up some of the best pub food in London. Located in a quiet neighbourhood street, its one of the city’s best kept secrets!
Table, Bermondsey – A great place for brunch with friends on a Saturday morning, and with a London bicycle hire docking station across the road, you can make a day of it!
Ottolenghi, Various Locations – This is a London institution, and founder Yotam Ottolenghi is now a foodie god all around the world thanks to his fuss-free delicious salads, cakes and pastries and subsequent cookbooks. Perfect spot for a long lunch.
Beas Of Bloomsbury, Holborn – If your idea of lunch is cupcakes and champagne then Bea’s is for you. They do their own version of ‘High Tea’ but at a more than affordable price – a must do for all the ladies out there! (Boys: Take note!)
Abeno Too, Soho – A tiny Japanese restaurant next to Leicester Square tube that specialises in Okonomiyaki, a tasty Japanese pancake with various fillings. The best thing is, the restaurant revolves around a huge U shaped grill, so you can see everything cooked in front of you – great as an ice breaker on a first date!
Chinatown – Not a specific restaurant, but generally the whole area around Gerrard Street is filled with great restaurants at very decent prices. My favorite is New World – some of the best dim sum in the city!
La Porchetta, Angel – Cheap and cheerful authentic Italian food, bliss with a big glass of red wine and a ground of friends.
Hawksmoor, Covent Garden or Spitalfields – If you love your steak then you must visit Hakkasan while you’re in London. You order your steak in 600g lots from chalk boards at the front and decide on how you’d like it and with what sauces – and it’s to die for! the have a great cocktail list too – it might be pricey, but it’s well worth it.
Hakkasan, Fitzrovia or Mayfair – The original restaurant in Fitzrovia is a beautiful Asian wonderland situated down a side street and some steps, and they’ve done so well a new branch has just opened in swanky Mayfair. Dimly lit, and with hands down the best cocktails in London, its a romantic place with great atmosphere every night of the week.
Dinner, Knightsbridge – If you’re aware of Heston Blumenthal then you may be aware of his wacky cuisine. One of the only few chefs in the world to be lucky enough to score 3 Michelin stars, this his his new venture within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Based on food from the 1300-1700’s this is one of the kookiest restaurants in London, if not the world. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint – the food is immaculate!
Pizza East, Shoreditch or Notting Hill – A London take on the New York style pizza joint, this place is now achingly hip and the place to be seen on a Friday night. Pizzas are huge and come in some original flavours like potato and rosemary, and they have a great wine list.
Barrafina, Soho – A tiny restaurant in Soho that is basically bar stools at a bench, this place is packed 24/7. You’ll have to line up, but trust me, the tapas is well worth it! The staff are great and will recommend wines for you while you wait – great for a mid week catch up with a friend.